Negotiators from Israel and the Palestinian factions are returning this morning their meeting in Cairo to reach an agreement to bring calm, either indefinitely or for a long time, on both sides of the Gaza border. After that on the night of Wednesday to Thursday were agreed five days of truce that ends 23.59 Monday morning, each delegation is dedicated to inform their respective governments and friends, and now, again nations are already studying the proposal made by Egypt.
Publicly, both sides show their skepticism about a speedy and satisfactory solution. After a Friday in which all parties showed their optimism at the approach of a pact between last night and this morning speeches have become darker, more threatening. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the entrance of the Cabinet will only deal with Hamas if there is “clear answers” to their security needs. ” If Hamas thinks it can cover its military losses with a diplomatic achievement is mistaken,” he warned. He also repeated that Israel is “very strong” and if our opponent thinks it has ” enough determination and patience ” to fight a long war ” is making a big mistake.”
Referring to statements made as well as those of Osama Hamdan, responsible for Hamas Foreign Affairs, who last night promised a ” long war ” yes ” answers ” were not met “all ” the aspirations of the Palestinian side. The current proposal of the Egyptian mediator not satisfy them, he said. Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, said in an interview with Al Jazeera that they will not yield ” or a” of their claims.
Only a day earlier, Azzam Al Ahmad, head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo, spoke of ” hope in a very close agreement.” Netanyahu centrist ministers supported this feeling. If the hardening of the message is just a war of words last minute or really have minimized the chances of an agreement will be seen with the passing hours.
United States and the United Nations are increasing pressure on the parties to reach this agreement, sources confirm both delegations, while Turkey’s Anatolia agency quoted senior Egyptian officials to ensure that there is room for optimism and that if no agreement and, you could get another extension of the ceasefire to negotiate outstanding finish fringes. The end of the blockade of Gaza and demilitarization of armed factions are the essential requirements of Palestinians and Israelis.